Alex Morgan and Mallory Swanson scored the goals for the United States, who beat Brazil 2-1 on Wednesday to win the women’s soccer SheBelieves Cup for the fourth year in a row.
Japan, who crushed Canada 3-0 in today’s opening match at Toyota Stadium, finished second in the four-team tournament. The four teams will participate during the summer in the World Cup Australia and New Zealand.
Morgan’s goal came from a curling shot that was just out of reach for goalkeeper Lorena. Morgan has five goals in a championship game.
It was her 14th goal since the birth of her daughter in 2020, setting a US Team record for most goals scored by a mother.
“That was huge,” Swanson said. “I think we needed it, we wanted the moment to turn in our favour. Alex did things only she can do. Simple, left-handed, classic. They beat her the whole first half and in the end she punished them.”
Swanson scored in the 63rd minute. It was his fourth goal of the tournament and seventh so far this year, matching his total for the previous year.
“I honestly think it was a huge step. I really tried to focus on the present and just take it day by day, game by game,” Swanson admitted.
Swanson, formerly Mallory Pugh, married Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson in December.
Ludmila Brazil discount in extra time to avoid going to zero. This was the first goal the United States conceded so far this year. The team is undefeated in five matches.
“We need to be on the same page. But not only when it comes to diagnosing the game, but also emotionally for the sport, and we need to be on the same page. If we can do that, I think we’ll have a great World Cup. If If you don’t, it will be very difficult. That’s why I say there’s a long way to go,” warned Brazil coach Pia Sundage.
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